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XL CenterBY: Gerry Canlton, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The byzantine process with the future of the XL Center continues apace, but a true final work product is finally at hand that allows a proposal to be formed and presented to the legislature.

The CRDA (Capital Regional Development Authority) finally got back the numbers and architectural renderings from SCI Architects who released nine months ago what was thought to be the final report back in February.

That went to overtime for revisions and full-scale numbers breakdown on the $250 million dollar proposal, land acquisition costs and its demolition costs. The $500 million dollar option has been taken off the table.

These are part of the steps towards securing the necessary funding. There are no guarantees in any of this.

(See renderings after the jump)

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rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifBY: The New York Rangers


The Rangers posted a 4-0-0 record this week.

The Blueshirts earned wins against Carolina on Nov. 10 (3-0), St. Louis on Nov. 12 (6-3), Ottawa on Nov. 14 (2-1, SO), and Toronto on Nov. 15 (4-3).

With four wins this week, the Rangers have posted a 14-2-2 record (30 points) thus far in 2015-16. The Blueshirts lead the NHL in points (30) and points
percentage (.833) and are tied for the NHL lead in wins (14) this season.

The Rangers’ 14 wins and 30 points are the most recorded through 18 games of one season in franchise history.

New York extended its winning streak to nine games and point streak to 13 games (11-0-2) this week. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 26-November 1, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack played their first three road games of the season this past weekend and took five out of a possible six points, with a regulation win, a shootout victory and an overtime loss.  In Friday night’s first away outing, the Pack got its first two-goal game of the year from Adam Tambellini, and a goal and an assist from fellow rookie Ryan Graves, to complete a sweep of their two-game season series with the Syracuse Crunch with a 4-3 triumph.  Then it was off to Hershey, PA for a pair of games against the Bears, the first of which the Wolf Pack lost in overtime Saturday night, 3-2.  Ken Gernander’s team battled back Sunday, though, for a 3-2 shootout win, as Nick Tarnasky struck for his multiple-point game in a Wolf Pack uniform with two goals, and Jeff Malcolm made 24 saves in his first appearance of the season.  The Pack is now 5-0-1-0 in its last six games since a season-opening loss vs. St. John’s.

CaptureThis week:

The Wolf Pack play their second straight three-game weekend this week, finishing a stretch of four straight road games Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:05 PM faceoff) before returning home to the XL Center for a pair of contests.  The Providence Bruins return to Hartford for a Halloween-Night battle Saturday at 7:30, and then the Rochester Americans visit on Sunday for a 5:00 start. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

  • The Rangers posted a 3-0-1 record during the past week.
  • The Blueshirts outscored their opponent, 14- 5, in the four contests during the past week. In addition, the Rangers allowed four goals in regulation and the five-minute overtime period in those four games.
  • New York extended its point streak to five games (3-0-2) and has posted a 6-2-2 record through the first 10 games of the 2015-16 season.
  • The Rangers have earned at least six wins and 14 points in their first 10 games of a season for the first time since 2009-10 (7-3-0 record through 10 games).
  • In the four contests, 18 of the 19 Rangers skaters who played at least one game recorded a point, while 13 different skaters registered a goal.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta posted a 3-0-1 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .969 SV% (124 saves on 128 shots), and 1 SO over the past week.
  • Lundqvist posted a 1-0-1 record, along with a 1.44 GAA and a .964 SV% (80 saves on 83 shots) in two appearances this past week.
  • Lundqvist leads the NHL in saves (256) and shots against (272) this season, and he has recorded more saves than any other goaltender has total shots against.
  • Raanta posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.50 GAA, a .978 SV% (44 saves on 45 shots), and 1 SO in two appearances during the past week. Among goaltenders who played at least 10 minutes over the past week, Raanta ranked first in GAA and SV%, and tied for first in shutouts.
  • The Rangers began the week by defeating the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, on Oct. 19 at MSG.
  • The Blueshirts posted a 4-0 win against the Sharks at MSG on Oct. 19 for the second consecutive year.
  • Raanta stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his first win/shutout as a Ranger while making his debut with the Blueshirts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Raanta became the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn a shutout in his first start with the Rangers (Hal Winkler – Nov. 16, 1926; John Ross Roach – Nov. 15, 1928; Marcel Paille – Nov. 2, 1957).
  • New York defeated the Arizona Coyotes, 4-1, on Oct. 22 at MSG.
  • Keith Yandle registered a power play goal while skating in his first game against his former team.
  • Rick Nash recorded his 700th career NHL point by recording a goal in the contest.
  • In the Rangers’ contest on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia, Lundqvist made a season-high 46 saves. Lundqvist’s 46 saves were tied for the third-most he has made in one regular season game in his career.
  • The Rangers concluded the week by defeating the Calgary Flames, 4-1, on Oct. 25 at MSG.
  • Dan Girardi recorded his 200th career NHL point by tallying the game-winning goal in the second period.
  • Raanta stopped 22 of 23 shots he faced, including each of the last 22 shots, to earn the win in the contest.
  • The Rangers have posted a 13-1-1 record in the second game of their last 15 back-to-back sets.

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rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifNEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: OCT. 19 – OCT. 25

BY: The New York Rangers


  1. Adam Huska, G, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) – Huska stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced to earn his third consecutive win on Oct. 24, as Green Bay defeated Chicago, 4-1. During his three-game winning streak, the Rangers’ seventh round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 1.34 GAA and a .959 SV% (93 saves on 97 shots). In 2015-16, Huska is tied for sixth in the USHL in SV% (.924), and is tied for seventh in wins (three) and GAA (2.21).
  2. Adam Tambellini, C, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Tambellini posted his first career AHL/professional multi-goal/point game by registering two goals, and he recorded a game-high eight shots on goal on Oct. 23 at Syracuse. By tallying two goals in the contest, Tambellini extended his point streak to four games (four goals, one assist over the span). The Rangers’ third round pick (65th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is tied for seventh in the AHL – and is tied for fourth among AHL rookies – in goals (four) this season. In addition, Tambellini leads Hartford in goals and power play goals (two), and ranks third in points (five).
  3. Ryan Graves, D, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Graves registered an assist/point in all three of Hartford’s games during the past week (one goal, three assists) and he posted a plus-four rating in the three contests. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (110th overall) in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft tallied his first career AHL/professional goal, assist, and point as part of a two-point effort on Oct. 23 at Syracuse. Graves is tied for third among AHL rookie defensemen in assists (three) and points (four) in 2015-16.

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gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have made their final cuts and made them official on Monday. Some will be elated at their getting an AHL job while others are less enthusiastic with their hard work coming up short.

But given how things go with the NHL waiver wire, and then of course there are the potential trades, anything at all could still happen to the lineup prior to Saturday night’s home opener against the St. John’s IceCaps.

The official cuts according to the team are as follows:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):

Forwards (1):         Michael Kantor

Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):

Defensemen (1):    Kodie Curran

Released from training camp tryout and joining Utah (ECHL):

Forwards (1):         Alex Krushelnyski

Released from training camp tryout:

Defensemen (1):    Brett Bellemore

Krushelnyski, Curran, and Kantor all played very well and probably in years past might have taken that last spot or two with a contract in hand, but roster space and contract numbers were tight within the Rangers’ organization. There is a good chance these players will be first recalls when a roster change occurs.

This leaves the roster for the game against the Ice Caps and their new affiliation the Montreal Canadians as follows:

Goal (2):           Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8):      Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12):   Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

The Pack will start the 20156- 2016 season with the following players beginning on the injured list. They are:

  • Cedrick Desjardins (knee)
  • Mat Linblad (back)
  • Nick Tarnasky (irregular heartbeat)
  • Mackenzie Skapski (hip)


Among those with Connecticut or Wolf Pack connection who were cut from AHL Training camps include the following:

Chicago – D Mike Vernace (CT Whale) released

Hershey – Aaron Ness (BST)

Lehigh Valley –  G Jason LaBarbera (Wolf Pack), Andrew MacDonald (BST) and Colin McDonald (Wethersfield/Sound Tigers)

San Jose – Micheal Haley (Wolf Pack/Sound Tigers), Jeremy Langlois (Quinnipiac University) and Gus Young (Yale University).

Utica – Alex Biega (Salisbury Prep)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – Tim Erixon (CT Whale/Wolf Pack/son of ex-Ranger Jan)

The Islanders grabbed a top flight AHL goalie for the Sound Tigers signing Jean-Francois (J.F.) Berube who won the Calder Cup with the Manchester Monarchs last spring. An injury left Berube out of the finals, however.

Now that AHL camps have ended, the ECHL camps get under way. Some of the names showing up on their rosters are surprising.

Adirondack – C.J. Chartain (Salisbury Prep), Luke Curadi (Cheshire/ND-WH (CTPUB)/Hartford (ATJHL), Stefano Momesso (HWP camp cut) and Jeff Silengo (Madison/South Kent Prep).

Alaska – Mitch Jones (son of Nighthawk Brad)

Allen (Texas) Americans – Justin Courtnall (BST) and Danny Federico (Quinnipiac University)

Brampton –  Scott Howes (BST), Guy LeBouef (BST), Yannick Riendeau (BST) and Steve Tarasuk (BST).

Elmira –  Chris Langkow (BST) and C.J. Motte (BST).

Florida – Mike Cornerll (BST) and Mike Nemec (BST).

Ft. Wayne – P.J. Fenton (son former Whaler/Nighthawk Paul), Drew Daniels (Kent Prep), Jordan Sims (UCONN/son of former Whaler-Nighthawk Al)

Idaho – Andrew Carroll (HWP), Mark Louis (BST), and Quinn Smith Fairfield/Avon Old Farms)

Indianapolis – Kevin Quick (Salisbury Prep)

Manchester – Dmitry Antipin (BST) and Joey Diamond (BST)

Missouri – Wes Cunningham (BST), Connor and Kellen Jones (Quinnipiac University) and Jason Missiaen (HWP).

Norfolk – Greg Chase (nephew ex-Whaler Kelly), Jordan hill (BST) and Mike Pelech (HWP).

Orlando – Scott Tanski (HWP)

Quad City – Vladimir Nikiforov (BST)

Rapid City – Kale Kerbashian (HWP)

Reading – Nick Luukko (Salisbury Prep) and Mike Pereira (West Haven/ND-WH/Avon Old Farms).

South Carolina – Derek DeBlois (Hotchkiss Prep) and Trevor Gillies (HWP/BST).

Toledo – Tommy Fallen (Yale University), Jared Nightingale (HWP), and Scott Spinnell (HWP)

Tulsa – Andy Iles (Salisbury Prep), Mathieu Gagnon (BST), Nathan Lutz (New Haven Senators) and Brandon Wong (HWP/Quinnipiac University).

Utah – Ryan Walters (BST)

Wheeling – Tyler Fernandez (Bloomfield) and Gentry Zollars (DW).

*BST-Bridgeport Sound Tigers, DW-Danbury Whalers and HWP-Hartford Wolf Pack

Brian O’ Neill (Yale University) last season AHL regular season MVP was traded by Los Angeles to New Jersey for a 7th round draft pick.

Two sons of ex-Whalers are on the move. Mason Marchment, son of Bryan was traded by Erie (OHL) to Hamilton (OHL) with a 4th round pick for Hamilton’s 3rd round (acquired from Sarnia) and 9th round pick (acquired from Saginaw) in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft.

On the move in a few years is the youngest Samuelsson boy, Adam. He is the son of course of Ulf Samuelsson, a former Whaler great, an assistant coach with the Wolf Pack and Avon Old Farms prep school, and of course, he’s the current Rangers assistant coach. Currently, Adam Samuelsson at age 15 is with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers U-16 team in the USPHL U16 league and already is 6’3 195 lbs. has made an oral commitment to Boston College (HE) for 2018-19 where his other brother Phillip played.

Drake Rymsha, son of ex-Nighthawk Andy was traded from London (OHL) to Ottawa (OHL).

Four more AHL’ers from last year have signed European deals. The group is led by ex-Pack Joey Crabb who signed with Vaxjo HC (Sweden-SHL). Devin Setgouchi goes from Adirondack to HC Davos (Switzerland-LNA), Philippe Cornet of Hershey to Stavanger (Norway-NEL) and Scott Valentine of Texas with Krefeld (Germany-DEL). That brings the AHL signed overseas list to 80.

Ex-Pack Bryan Rodney signs with HC Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic-CEL).

Please keep one of the Wolf Pack goalie judges, Jim McCaffrey, who is currently battling prostate cancer,  in your thoughts. Our best wishes go out to him for a speedy recovery.



September 29th – October 5th, 2015

Big Names Sign NWHL Contracts, Skates & Plates With The New York Riveters, Upcoming Schedule and Season Ticket Information

BY: Jake Duhaime, NWHL, National Women’s Hockey League

New York, NY This week’s news and notes from the National Women’s Hockey League.

Several members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team signed NWHL contracts last week including captain Meghan Duggan (Buffalo), Megan Bozek (Buffalo), Kacey Bellamy (Boston), Brianna Decker (Boston), Hilary Knight (Boston), Gigi Marvin (Boston) and Kelli Stack (Connecticut).

“It was really a no brainer to join (the NWHL). With the vision that (Commissioner) Dani (Rylan) has, I’m excited for the future of this league. I think this shows great growth in women’s hockey. I think if you ask players who played 10, 15 years ago they’d agree that this is a step in the right direction.” – Meghan Duggan

“I am hoping to bring a winning mentality to the Whale this season. I take pride in working hard on and off the ice and I will set a good example for our team and bring out the best in my teammates. I am looking forward to playing with and against such talented women from all over the world. – Kelli Stack

“It’s an honor to sign with the Boston Pride. I love living in the city of Boston and I know a lot of the other girls on the team and we gel really well. I think that we have a lot of skill on this team that is going to get us through a great first season. – Brianna Decker

“I’m excited to be a part of the NWHL and the future of this league. To think back about how far women’s hockey has come in the past 20 years, it’s special to think about if I have a daughter one day and the opportunities this league will bring her. This is an amazing opportunity to play with some of the best female hockey players. I’m excited to be in Boston and play with some of my best friends in a city I love.” – Kacey Bellamy

Full season packages start at $150 ($125 in Buffalo) and include the following perks.

– 10 percent off all NWHL merchandise
– 10 percent off NWHL Live: Cross Ice Pass
– Priority Isobel Cup Playoff and All-Star Game tickets
– Exclusive Season Ticket Holder events
– Free preseason games

All season ticket packages can be purchased at

The National Women’s Hockey League Foundation hosts its first Skates & Plates fundraiser on Thursday, October 1 at Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Avenue) in New York City. This VIP dinner and cocktail reception, MC’ed by 1998 Olympic gold medalist AJ Mleczko Griswold features current NWHL players, U.S. Olympian and NWHL Players Association Director Erika Lawler, Patrick Burke from the National Hockey League and other special guests to be announced.

The event runs from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

For tickets, please visit Media who wish to cover the event should reach out to Jenny Scrivens at

The NWHL Foundation is a charitable and educational 501-(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides long-range financial support for the NWHL and promotes the growth of women’s hockey.

Tickets for single preseason games are available for purchase at All tickets are just $5.

Note: Season ticket holders receive free entrance with proof of season package purchase.

Saturday, October 3
Minnesota Whitecaps at CT Whale, Chelsea Piers Connecticut, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 4
Minnesota Whitecaps at New York Riveters, Chelsea Piers New York, 12:00 p.m.
Boston Pride at East Coast Wizards U18 Boys, Edge Sports Center, 3 p.m.

Friday, October 9
Buffalo Beauts at Mercyhurst University, Mercyhurst Ice Center, 7 p.m.

Yahoo’s Puck Daddy: Hilary Knight On Signing With The Boston Pride – HEREl

New York Times: Carrying The Puck And A Fight For Recognition In The National Women’s Hockey League – HERE

Thought Catalog: The NWHL Finally Offers Women A (Paid) Hockey League Of Their Own – HERE

Politico New York: Five Questions About The Sports Business With Dani Rylan, HERE

The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.